Letter from INS President Nita Farahany
Dear colleagues and fellow members of the International Neuroethics Society – hello from your new president!

At our annual meeting last October, I was delighted to become the Society’s fifth president. My esteemed predecessors — Hank Greely, Judy Illes, Barbara Sahakian and Steve Hyman —are true luminaries in the field of neuroethics, and I am honored to take the helm of the Society from them. I am excited for the work ahead and truly grateful to have such a vibrant and healthy Society thanks to the tremendous work of those that have come before me.

I want to take this occasion to briefly lay out my vision as the President of INS, and what I hope to achieve in my tenure.

To date, I believe that INS has served a critical role in helping to shape the field of neuroethics, and to serve as the pivotal scholarly organization that brings us all together to discuss and help advance conversations about neuroethics. Our annual meeting has been a terrific focal point for the Society and has grown to become the can’t-miss-meeting of the year in neuroethics.

As the Society has grown, so too have the complex issues in neuroethics. I take the helm at what I think is a great moment in society to think about the impact that INS can have beyond academic discourse. In particular, I believe that the INS can have an even greater impact in societal debates and in the development of frameworks, guidelines, and policies concerning neuroethics. 

To do so, we as a Society will have to better bridge the gap between academia, industry and government. We need to think critically about how, when, and where the INS can have a seat at the table when the ethical, legal and social implications of neuroscience are being discussed, and policies concerning them are developed.

To achieve this, the Board is undertaking a self-study of the organization and the landscape of neuroethics to determine where, how, and when we can have a greater impact as an organization. Our goal is to determine how you, as a member, as well as future members, can have a voice in the developments in neuroscience and neuroethics.

In the next few months, you’ll hear more about our findings and how you can get involved. I ask that you be forthcoming with your views about how the INS can better serve you, and how we can have a bigger impact in the world. Together, I believe that we can help grow the INS into an important voice in neuroethics in the world. I am looking forward to working with you to achieve this!

Best wishes,

Nita Farahany
INS President
Participate in Brain Awareness Week, March 16-22
Professionals and educators around the world are in the midst of planning events and activities in recognition of Brain Awareness Week during March 16-22, 2020. The festivities include lectures, demonstrations, open houses, displays, contests, and more.
Brain Awareness Week provides a platform for partners around the world to host imaginative activities in their communities that share the wonders of the brain and the impact brain science has on everyday lives. It is coordinated annually by the Dana Foundation and held for a full week in March.

The Dana Foundation has assembled a library of relevant handouts and resources for many ages and audiences. Their website also provides ideas for events, non-event activities and advocacy, and a social media toolkit with images and sample messages.

If you plan to host an event, activity, or advocacy initiative featuring neuroethics during Brain Awareness Week, please contact staff ( to inform members of our community and increase participation.
January 28; San Francisco, CA, USA – This event will examine three topic areas of both great hope and potential concern in the neurosciences: Neurogenetics & Parenthood; Neuromodulation; and Patient Data in the Digital Age. Sessions will include a variety of perspectives, including both prepared remarks and engaging interdisciplinary discussion. Scheduled speakers include INS members Joseph J. Fins, Hank Greely, Anna Wexler and Laurie Zoloth.
February 5; Webinar, 1:00–2:00 pm EST
The American Brain Coalition has partnered with the INS to host a neuroethics webinar focused on the ethical concerns of non-human primates. INS Board member Hank Greely is the featured speaker.

March 13; New York City, NY, USA

Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference
March 9-10; Boston, MA, USA. – Posters will be admitted on a rolling basis with the final deadline of March 2.

March 17-18; Birmingham, UK
May 13-15; Milan, Italy
The Italian Society for Neuroethics announced a call for papers for the 12th edition of the International Scientific Conference on Neuroethics in Milan. The meeting is themed 'New Ways of Investigating the Brain' and will feature, among many speakers, INS members Philipp Kellmeyer, University of Freidburg, and Hannah Maslen, Oxford University. Paper submissions are due February 17. 
AI Ethics: Exploring the Interfaces
June 9; Tasmania, Australia

June 17-19; Paris, France
June 19-21; Philadelphia, PA, USA

June 24-26; Paris, France

July 11-15; Glasgow, UK – Abstract and early registration deadline is February 18.
INS Committee Appointments – The INS is still accepting member nominations for committee volunteers. Members in good standing may nominate themselves to serve on the Nominating Committee, Program Committee or Communication Outreach, and Membership Committee. Brief descriptions of the responsibilities and roles of each committee and task force are available on the website. To be considered, send a current curriculum vitae and a statement of interest describing what you can bring to your preferred committee. Send your submission to Karen Graham ( ) by Monday, January 27.
IEEE Neuroethics Framework –  The IEEE Brain Neuroethics Task Force has started creating a neuroethics framework to develop guidelines that address the ethical, legal and social concerns around the research of neurotechnologies. Contributing INS members included Laura Cabrera, Peter Reiner, Jennifer Chandler and Laura Specker Sullivan. The task force is seeking input from the neuroethics community and the public to better define and categorize current and emerging neurotechnological issues. Contribute to the effort by volunteering to provide your expertise . We strongly encourage INS members to sign up.
IRCM Scholarships for Young Researchers – Applications are due February 14.
Community Engagement Research Fellow – The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia is currently seeking candidates for a research fellow position in community engagement. Successful candidates will develop enduring and productive collaborative partnerships with various sectors of the local and global community and carry out meaningful research that identifies the needs, hopes, and concerns of community stakeholders and/or examines the impact of advances of neuroscience research and technology on society. Applications are due March 1.
Assistant Professor - Neuroethics – Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, TX, USA. Applications are due January 31.
Share your organization's open positions, calls, and other opportunities with INS members and the neuroethics community. Submit to staff for consideration (

Moral Injury in Veterans with Nonepileptic Seizures – Nathan Stein and W. Curt LaFrance, Jr.

Brain-Computer Interfaces and Agency – Ishan Dasgupta, Andreas Schönau, Eran Klein and Sara Goering
The Creative Brain – Roger E. Beaty (Cerebrum)

Brains, Bodies, and Social Hierarchies – Keely Muscatell (Cerebrum)

Social Median & Teens: No Simple Answers – Brenda Patoine (Cerebrum)

Tinnitus, The Troublemaker in Your Brain – Sophie Fessl (Dana Foundation)

Build a Better Brain Model – Kayt Sukel (Cerebrum)

The Social Media Conundrum – Philip Boffey (Cerebrum)
Did you publish a paper or attend an event that your neuroethics colleagues should know about? Send us a link, summary, or reflection article and we'll share with your neuroethics colleagues. Submit to staff for consideration (
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